With the news confirmed by not only multiple sources but Square and Nintendo themselves, this weekend is defintiely heating up. Both companies should be preparing press releases, so we shoud receive a more detailed word by Monday or so.
In the meanwhile, here's a few notes written by Japanese Journal site, Mainichi Interactive.
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|1- Square is scheduled to release multiple titles for the GBA within the year 2002, both new and/or remake titles.
2- According to Nintendo's public relations, the two companies have been planning since the end of 2001, ever since Square executive Akiyoshi Kawazu made a request to create a new game software that will play in conjunction between the GBA and Gamecube.
3- Square's IR division also mentions that they have conveyed to their second major stockholder (18.6%) Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), prior to actually negociating with Nintendo to develop again for their platforms.
It does make me wonder however, if Square is going multiple platforms, or if they finally succeeded in getting their wish to contract with Nintendo again.
If it's a beginning of a multi-platform release, I wouldn't be surprised if they go on the Xbox as well. But I think it'd more of a re-connection of relationship with Nintendo. Though with the reports coming in, it seems like Square is more dedicated to the handheld machine than the home console, at least for the first year.
In either case, it's good news for Square and Nintendo alike. -H. Moriarty